WGS 393 • Gender and the Constitution
Where do women fit in the US constitutional order? When did they become legal persons and citizens? Are all women regarded as valued members of the American political community? Does the Constitution recognize differences among women and between women and men in ways that encourage empowerment and participation for all or dependency and denial for some? The course will offer a broad examination of how the Constitution is gendered and how it organizes gender relations in our society. Particular attention will be given to the evolving terms of gender and citizenship under the Constitution. The course will be organized both topically and historically. Topics will include equality, citizenship, privacy, marriage, labor, pornography, sexual harassment and parenting. The readings will include Supreme Court cases, as well as secondary works from law, history, sociology and political science.